Sunday, March 1, 2009

Another birthday cake (or two)

I love the cake we made for Daughter # 2's second birthday -- and here are a couple of other cakes that we have enjoyed over the past year. This Elmo themed cake was for the third birthday:

I made Elmo punchouts for invitations -- but got way-laid and never sent them out -- so they became Valentine's for DD#2's preschool class:

And this Barbie cake was made for Daughter #1's 6th birthday -- with a Rainbow Fairy theme (note the use of vellum wings). We also made cute fairy dolls with vellum wings that I stamped and embossed for the kids' use:

I am no Lauren Meader when it comes to birthdays (seriously, she ROCKS at doing kids' birthdays...) but we sure had fun. I am getting really good at following through on a theme: for DD #1's party we made fairy dolls, rainbow playdough, and decorated cupcakes using all rainbow colored frosting and sprinkles -- tons of fun!

Finally -- I made this centerpiece for a friend's husband -- he is a great guy, and my friend really went all out with multiple opportunities to celebrate his 50th. I didn't do much stamping for this -- but I did include a bunch of punched scallops for folks to write their wishes on, and affix them to the lollipops:

I have been making more cards, and I promise to post them soon. I have a couple of more I have to make right now -- and a class to prepare for.

I am hosting a fun workshop at my home for local stampers who want to come (on March 15th) -- it is a "Green Stimulus Package" all of my own, celebrating the green holiday of St. Patrick's Day and Easter, and all things green and natural. Let me know if you want to come!


I am back again -- keep me honest!

Hey all -- I have been lousy at this, I know. I really, really should be a better blogger.
About 6 months ago, my computer crashed -- and with my DH out of work, we didn't jump to buy another. He did try to fix it. He went to great lengths, replacing the power supply and all -- but we fear that there was some damage to the CPU or motherboard, and frankly, we were not wanting to put more energy into it.

So -- we are making do with one computer, and surprisingly, I am loving it!

Recently, he and I have both been tapped for some work -- me, amazingly, because I put NOTHING into getting it... these are two sets of folks that I worked with/for about 10 years ago who called me up -- and DH is starting a new career and got an incredible break. Please think good thoughts for DH who is beginning to work in the field of Intellectual Properties with an absolutely brilliant inventor. It is a one month trial position, and with his hard work and your good thoughts and prayers, we are hoping it will be extended beyond that.

Anyway -- on to the card!

I have two baby cards that I just have to get out, and after MUCH ado, I got to assemble them. Since they are going to folks who don't know each other and are in different countries, I felt comfortable making two that were the same.

I am using a retired hostess set from Stampin' Up! Lilykate paper by Basic Grey, and Stampin' Up! cardstock... I love to color with my watercolor pencils, and the vine is a very cool sizzix die-cut using my Big Shot. Love that machine! I also used the sizzlet tag die-cut from Stampin' Up! to cut out the stamped image of the pea. Isn't this fun?! I promise to post more soon...